President Donald Trump has announced the US will not sell F-35 fighter jets to Turkey since Ankara purchased the S-400 missile defence system from Russia, on the grounds that it “cannot co-exist with a Russian intelligence-collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities”. Ambassador K.P. Fabian, India’s former envoy to several countries, said that he does not expect Washington to take similar actions against India, despite the latter firmly conveying to the Trump administration that New Delhi is going ahead with the purchase of S-400 missiles because it was in its national interest. Sputnik: The United States has taken retaliatory action against Turkey for purchasing the S-400 missile. Will this US action on Turkey have some kind of bearing on thought processes in New Delhi? Ambassador K.P. Fabian: I doubt it because to my mind India has gone about it the wrong way in the sense of asking the United States for waivers. India has unnecessarily weakened its hand. India should have told the United States discreetly through diplomatic channels, “Listen, we are going to go ahead with the S-400 because we need it. We are not seeking any waivers, but if you want to go… Read full this story
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